iPhone Location Tracking – Preventive Measures One Can Take

I am sure you have all heard by now that iPhone keeps track of your location data. It was presented by Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden yesterday. They even published an application that neatly maps out where you’ve been. You can check it yourself but you need to have a Mac.

So, if you are a iPhone user and are worried about your location being tracked and logged, here are few measures you can take to prevent from someone else getting hold of it:

  • Encrypt your iPhone data backups. Every time you sync up the iPhone with your laptop/desktop, the phone data, including your location information, is backed up to your laptop. Normally it is in unencrypted, plain-text format which means any virus/spyware can read it and potentially transfer it elsewhere. To prevent this from happening, make sure you encrypt your backup files. This can be done in iTunes.
  • Make sure your anti-virus is up-to-date. When you encrypt your backups, you are essentially password-protecting them. A spyware can defeat that by “listening” to the keystrokes you type in for your password and then use it to decrypt your backup files. So, make sure your anti-virus has the latest virus definition files.
  • If you jailbroke your iPhone, change the default root password. People jailbreak for various reasons but sometimes leave the default root password unchanged. This is every dangerous as hackers can get in easily. Make sure you change it asap. Procedure is here.
  • If you jailbroke, use untrackerd to prevent location logging. This app runs in background and constantly removes any location data. Details here.
  • If you didn’t jailbreak, remove the location data before syncing. You can do so using iPhone Browser available here.
  • Lastly, protect your device. Don’t lose it and share only with trusted folks 🙂

Hope it helps the iPhone users out there!


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